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1833 Loudoun County Court Seal Found; Earliest Seal Found in Court Records

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Loudoun County’s treasure trove of historic records has yielded a significant discovery – the earliest county court seal found in the court’s records. Staff in the Clerk of the Circuit Court Historic Records Division recently found an 1833 county court seal on the Freedom Certificate of James Wood. The document was discovered during an ongoing indexing project of the collection of books and papers referred to as the court’s Free Blacks and Slave Papers. Loudoun County has one of the largest and best preserved collection of free black and slavery documents in Virginia. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Online Auction Features Piano, Pressure Washer, PCs, and More

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The Loudoun County government’s current online auction includes a Charles R. Walter upright piano, a Landa pressure washer, many PCs as well as laptops, vehicles, books, office equipment, and more. The auction will close at noon, Thursday, August 11.

Detailed information and photographs of the items for sale are online at www.publicsurplus.com/sms/loudoun,va/browse/home. … Continue Reading

Glouster Parkway Opens to Traffic

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A new 3/4-mile extension of Gloucester Parkway opened to traffic yesterday, connecting Loudoun County Parkway to the intersection of Pacific and Nokes boulevards in Ashburn, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

This new piece completes an important east-west link between Ashburn and the Route 28 corridor, adding capacity to help alleviate congested parallel roads and to better distribute traffic along Route 28. The entire Gloucester Parkway corridor is now almost six miles, beginning at Belmont Ridge Road to the west and connecting with Nokes Boulevard to carry traffic beyond Route 28 to the east. … Continue Reading

Opportunities Available To Serve On Loudoun County Government Boards And Commissions

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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors encourages residents to become actively involved in their county government. There are currently opportunities for people to serve on the following county and regional advisory boards, commissions and committees.

Advisory Boards with Terms Concurrent with the Board of Supervisors
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Busy Summer at the County

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County officials are busy this summer despite the heat and hectic vacation schedules. The following is a sampling of updates on county issues, decisions, hearings and meetings impacting the lives of everyday Loudouners.

Quiet Time on the Porch: New county noise standards give the Sheriff’s Department the power to answer calls from citizens complaining about noise coming from another residence. The regulations state in part “ … no person shall permit, operate or cause any source of sound or sound generation that is audible and discernible in any other person’s residential dwelling …” Standards for commercial businesses will be discussed at the BOS’s September 22 Business Meeting. To sign up to speak call 703-777-0204. … Continue Reading

The Loudoun County Fair: Good, Old Fashioned, Affordable Fun

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The 2016 Loudoun County Fair was held at its traditional Dry Mill Road fairgrounds on July 25-30. Highlights included the Miss Loudoun County event held on Sunday, July 24, Super Farmer, Stoney Roberts Demolition Derby and more.

The fair did not disappoint with these events and tons of first class entertainment, including Reggie Rice Comedy Illusionist, Nascar Driver Patrick Szabo, MVY Amusements Inflatables, lots of laughs from Les Kimes’ Pork Chop Review, Wildlife Ambassadors (non-releasable wildlife, unwanted pets and captive bred educational animals), Chainsaw Carvings, Twisted K Rodeo, and Bull Riding and more. … Continue Reading

Emblematic Fight To Save 600 Feet of History

August 3, 2016 Loudoun County, News 4 comments
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By Andrea Gaines
“Just waiting for the chainsaws … “ That is just about all long-time Loudoun resident Doug Steiner could muster in a recent email conversation with local preservationist Martha Polkey. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Receives $2 Million Grant

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Loudoun County Fire and Rescue has just been awarded a $2 million grant for Operations and Safety from the Department of Homeland Security’s and FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The award will assist in the upgrade and replacement of our Self Contained Breathing Apparatus units.

The AFG program is intended to enhance the safety of the public and first responders with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, non-affiliated Emergency Medical Services organizations and State Fire Training Academies for critically needed resources. Funds may be used for equipment or training where personnel are required to adhere to recognized standards and to enhance operations, foster interoperability and support community resilience. … Continue Reading

Rest In Peace, Mr. Charlie – See You On The Other Side

July 6, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Rest In Peace, Mr. Charlie – See You On The Other Side
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I love this photo of Charlie Clark.

Peaceful. Dignified. Respectful of all around him.

Mr. Charlie died last month at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Martinsburg, WV. One of the most well-known residents of our county, he was 108 years old. Think about what he experienced; 19 U.S. presidents, each of the wars, civil rights and economic struggles and American triumphs of the 20th Century … and a glimpse at the 21st Century, too.

As a writer, there is no greater honor to be asked to write a tribute to a cherished person who has passed over to the other side.

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Leesburg Community Kids Get Summer Breakfasts

June 27, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Leesburg Community Kids Get Summer Breakfasts
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Loudoun Interfaith Relief (LIR) is committed to relieving food insecurity in Loudoun County. During the summer months, many children do not get the breakfasts and lunches they receive throughout the school year. LIR is partnering with the Town of Leesburg’s R.O.C.K. (Recreation Outreach to Community Kids) program to provide breakfast and snacks to school age children and their siblings. The program serves The Fields of Leesburg, Evans Ridge, Heritage Square and Fort Evans neighborhoods in Leesburg. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Joint Architectural Review Board Seeks Nominations for 2016 Awards Program

June 27, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun Joint Architectural Review Board Seeks Nominations for 2016 Awards Program
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As part of its ninth annual awards program, the Loudoun County Joint Architectural Review Board is again seeking nominations from the public for projects that exemplify the protection, preservation or enhancement of historic buildings, landscapes, properties or other resources in Loudoun County.

Nominations may include, but are not limited to: Restoration work (including interior projects), educational workshops and displays, interpreted cultural landscapes, and other significant undertakings to preserve the heritage of Loudoun County. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Strategic Planning Retreat Is Canceled

June 23, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Strategic Planning Retreat Is Canceled
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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has decided to postpone its Strategic Planning Retreat; therefore, the retreat that was scheduled for Friday, June 24, 2016, has been canceled. The retreat is expected to be rescheduled in the coming months. Once a new date is set, it will be posted on the Loudoun County Government Master Calendar.

More information about the Board of Supervisors is online at www.loudoun.gov/bos.

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Exhibitors Needed

June 13, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Exhibitors Needed
Loudoun County Fair

Have you ever wanted to participate in the Loudoun County Fair, but don’t raise sheep, cows, pigs or rabbits? Well, here is your opportunity! You can be an EXHIBITOR at the Fair in Sykes Hall and if you register by July 1, 2016 , you will receive a one week pass to the Fair! The Loudoun County Fair Committee is looking for Loudoun County residents of all ages to submit their original, amateur works of Art, Crafts, Photography, Baking, Collections, Fruits and Vegetables and much more! This is a great way to get involved in and become part of the Fair. Visit www.loudouncountyfair.com, and select “Sykes Hall Page” for complete details. Come on, join the fun and we’ll see you at the Fair!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Hundreds Will Join 20th Annual Butterfly Count August 6

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By Andrea Gaines How Is a Butterfly Like a Rainbow? Scientists recently discovered that some butterfly wings contain tiny structures called gyroids that diffract or break up light into the colors of the spectrum. You may also have seen this …

Your Retirement Plan B

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Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected. Imagine this. You’ve spend decades working, saving, and planning for your version of the ideal retirement. Your company was just acquired, and your boss is …

Learning Patience As a Camp Counselor

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By Mary Rose Lunde They say that one of the biggest blessings is being a teacher. It is also one of the hardest. Explaining to nine-year-old kids how to build a fire is one of the most challenging things I’ve …

Remembering the Man Who Never Forgot

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “God is God because He remembers.” The implication being that the defining element separating humans from God is the Divine’s inability to forget. Elie Wiesel was defined in part by his willingness to remember, along with his …

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Balch Library

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By Tim Jon Solitude, peace, and quiet: Not exactly the first three adjectives I’d choose to describe the greater portion of downtown Leesburg, although its charms do shine through even on the busiest of weekday afternoons. The last morning I …

Superforecasting a Book Review

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The book “Superforecasting” by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner contains a nearly complete list of the attributes of superforecasting, as well as critical thinking. Tetlock’s research empirically confirms the aspects of critical thinking I’ve been discussing in this column. Their …

Pokémon GO: A Fun New Gaming App or an Accidental Treatment?

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Penicillin was accidently discovered in 1928 when scientist Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from vacation to notice that a strange fungus growing on a culture had killed off the neighboring bacteria. After WWII, psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. John Cade, …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Calendar

August 2016
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August 1, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 2, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 3, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 4, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 5, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 6, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

OysterFest & Roussanne Release!

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August 7, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 8, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 9, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 10, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 11, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 12, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 13, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 14, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 15, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 16, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 17, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 18, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 19, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 20, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

The Lucketts Fair

Live Music: Stealing Dawn

August 21, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

The Lucketts Fair

August 22, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

AUDITIONS

August 23, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 24, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 25, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 26, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 27, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

The Fabulous Hubcaps

August 28, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 29, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 30, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 31, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

September 1, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 2, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 3, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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September 4, 2016

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Winchester Plans Patsy Cline Music Festival Labor Day Weekend

11 Aug 2016

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The Patsy Cline Music Festival will be held Labor Day weekend in her hometown of Winchester, Va. in honor of the legendary singer’s birthday anniversary on September. 8. Celebrating Patsy Cline sponsors the celebration that begins with a block party from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent St. Music will …

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Vigil for Lost Promise to Remember Loved Ones Lost to Drugs

11 Aug 2016

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Residents and local leaders are encouraged to join the many families, friends and community groups to share the light of their loved ones lost to drugs. The Vigil for Lost Promise will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Drugs: Cost and Consequences Exhibit (DEA Museum), located at 750 Miller Dr. …

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August Is National Peach Month: Eat a Peach in Salad

3 Aug 2016

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Are You Kidding? No. A nectarine and a peach are basically the same species. Nectarines are bald peaches, in effect. In early cultivation, nectarines occasionally appeared on peach trees, the result of a recessive allele, the fruit from which were then cultivated as nectarines. Peaches are also part of the rose family. No wonder why we like all three, so …

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Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

Thank You

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Dear Citizens of Purcellville: As your town council member it is my vision and priority that you feel welcome at your Town Hall and take part in shaping Purcellville’s future …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Around Virginia

Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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State Senators Investigate University of Virginia’s $2.3 Billion Operating Surplus

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Senators Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) and Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), are calling for an investigation into disclosures that the University of Virginia has accumulated a $2.3 billion operating surplus, now titled a “Strategic Investment Fund,” that is significantly larger than the Commonwealth’s own cash reserves. Both senators agree that the …

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Sports

Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016

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American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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Registration Open For Ida Lee’s Fall NFL Flag Football

7 Jul 2016

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Ida Lee’s Fall 2016 NFL Flag Football League will begin with player evaluations on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.  Players must be registered by Tuesday, July 26, to participate. This fall, Ida Lee’s Leesburg NFL Flag Football House League will have the following age groups:  6-7; 8-9; 10-11; …

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